Tripura to procure 40 more BLS Ambulances for emergent crisis

Agartala: The revenue department has asked all the district magistrates to expedite the process for procurement of Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance to deal with the emergency crisis.

The letter written by AK Bhattachrya, additional secretary to the government of Tripura informed that Rs 50,00,000 was sanctioned to each district for  procurement of five BLS ambulances to deal with the emergent crisis.

However, it is found that none of the districts has procured any ambulances yet. While, few districts have not even finalized the specification yet.

“It is to clarify that the specification of the BLS ambulances should be the same for all districts and the specification has to be confirmed from the Health Department (DHS) as it was mentioned…,” the letter reads.

Further the district magistrates were asked to take the matter as extremely urgent and expedite the procurement on priority and submit the Utilization Certificate to the revenue department.

Earlier, on August 7, the department had asked all eight district magistrates to purchase BLS ambulances.

The vehicles procured by the DM & Collectors as per their assessment of its kind they require, Procurement process may be done in consultation with Health Department after collecting specifications and other relevant details. Depending upon the nature of emergency, the DM & Collectors can requisition from the nearby hospitals and other health facilities as has been the usual practice.

Fund sanctioned only for the cost of Ambulances. Regarding fuel Charge, maintenance and other expenses of Ambulances funds may be located from any other sources as SDRF norms do not permit such expenses.

Earlier, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who also holds the health portfolio  had emphasised on developing the health infrastructure, as part of which 50 such ambulances were commissioned in the health service.

Those ambulances were used to transport patients during the time COVID-19 pandemic. The NHIDCL had also delivered 11 BLS ambulances to the health department to support the health department combat the pandemic situation.